Painting By Tape – Semi-DIY Home Decor

Painter’s tape/frog tape is amazing! There’s so much potential, especially with Pinterest inspiration. Here’s three fun projects I created for my new place.

1. Painted Chevron Rug


  • Rug (I used the IKEA Erslev 5’11” x 8’2″ for $59.99)
  • Latex paint (I used Island Oasis from Mythic Paint)
  • Fabric medium
  • Painters tape/frog tape
  • Angled paintbrush
  • Drip pan

Pinterest inspiration from Design Sponge

I used a piece of cardboard as a stencil and then traced the lines with frog tape. Casa ย Cullen’s method might get you more precise results. It took a long time to figure out measurements, apparently my math skills have slowed quite a bit since high school. :/

I mixed the latex paint and fabric medium at a 1:1 ratio. I started with one bottle of fabric medium, but it was only enough for three chevron stripes so the painting took place over two days. One coat of paint was plenty, but I found using an angled brush in the direction of the rug seams was the easiest and fastest way to get the rug painted. I let it dry overnight.

I spent about 3-4 nights on this project, but I think it turned out pretty well and cost about $90. Fabric medium is pretty expensive ($17 per bottle), but I used a Michael’s 40% off coupon, and it’s still cheaper than buying one of these.

2. Painted Herringbone Side Cabinet


  • Paint primer
  • 2 shades of latex paint (same as what I used for the rug)
  • Painters tape/frog tape
  • Craft knife
  • Foam roller
  • Drip pan
  • Side cabinet (I found mine on Craigslist)

Pinterest inspiration

I started with one coat of primer, the previous owner painted the cabinet a light blue so it was easy to cover. I painted the main cabinet with two coats of Island Oasis. On the doors, I started with two coats of white paint, letting it dry overnight after each coat. Using a ruler and craft knife, I covered the doors with a herringbone pattern. Then I painted them with two coats of Island Oasis. It was great to remove the tape and reveal the pretty pattern. I love my new cabinet!

3. Tape Painting


  • Acrylic paint
  • Canvas
  • Painters tape/frog tape
  • Foam paintbrush

Pinterest inspiration

Tape painting have been all over Pinterest and I had to make one for myself. I painted the canvas a light beige, covered it with .75in painters tape, and then used six acrylic paints. I was a bit impatient waiting for the coats to dry so ended up painting each color 4-5 times.

I still have some leftover tape…what else to make? ๐Ÿ™‚

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7 Responses to Painting By Tape – Semi-DIY Home Decor

  1. Love it. How about a matching tote for yourself? Or maybe ornaments for the holidays? I had no idea you painted your rug as well! Such prettiness.

  2. andrea says:

    this is so amazing, linda! very inspiring. suddenly i want to buy furniture just so i can paint it!!
    p.s., i also love your t.v. ‘stand’!

    • semidiy says:

      Thanks Andrea! You should totally get and paint some furniture.

      My tv stand’s also from Craigslist, including my loveseat, sofa, work table, dining table, and stools. I love Craigslist!

  3. einah29 says:

    Wow what a beautiful innovations for paint works. This can be a great alternative for decorating a house. I found Streamline Painting Denver a very useful one when it comes to painting a house. They also do professional painting at a very reasonable price as well.

  4. Ktastic says:

    How has the painted carpet held up? I’m curious . . . and cautious about painting textiles ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • semidiy says:

      After a year and a half, the paint has still held up with just a little fading that blends with the white. I think it depends on the color of paint you choose. My biggest issue has been dirty doggie footprints. ๐Ÿ™‚

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